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(Ca,Na,Sr)Nb11 · 8H
Hochelagaite had been known from Mont Saint-Hilaire for a number of years and designated as UK #50 before it was described. It is spread through several environments, though rare. It is the calcium analog of franconite, and does not fluoresce.
Color is usually white.
Luster is vitreous to silky.
Diaphaneity is transparent.
Crystal System is monoclinic; (??).
Crystal Habits include spherical aggregates of fine capillary
crystals, matted fibrous masses.
Cleavage none observed.
Fracture is (??).
Hardness is 4.
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.9 g/cm
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, catapleiite, natrolite,
pyrite, siderite and zircon.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1986 from the Algonquian Hochelaga, the original
name for the place that is now Montreal.
CanMin 24:449-453 (1986), MinRec 21:314-315 (1990), Dana 8:368 (1997)
DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:
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